In light of the slew of deceptive accusations thrown at presidential candidate Mitt Romney for outsourcing, it is time to ask “will the real outsourcer-in-chief please stand up?” From the moment he took office, the calling card of President Obama’s foreign policy has been the outsourcing of American national security and values, most often to the United Nations. Though the strategy usually goes by the anodyne moniker of “engagement,” it has debilitated America’s interactions with enemies and allies alike.
First and foremost, the responsibility to protect Americans from the dire Iranian threat has been outsourced. While the world’s most dangerous regime has moved inexorably towards the acquisition of the world’s most dangerous weapon, Americans have been told to sit tight and wait for another Security Council resolution. After repeated lectures about the “robust” nature of Security Council sanctions on Iran, it is now painfully obvious that those scrawny resolutions failed.
And yet Secretary Clinton lectured from Jerusalem on Monday: “Iran’s leaders still have the opportunity to make the right decision. The choice is ultimately Iran’s… [I]t appears that Iran has yet to make a strategic decision to address the international community’s concerns and fulfill their obligations under the IAEA and the UN Security Council.” Of course, Iran has made a strategic decision: to acquire nuclear weapons. Dangling UN paraphernalia in front of it will make no difference whatsoever.
The Syrian regime is another beneficiary of President Obama’s penchant for outsourcing, this time to UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan. Annan is somewhat of an odd choice, since his skills in the area of stopping mass murder date back to his time as head of UN peacekeeping operations during both the Rwanda and Srebrenica genocides. In that capacity, Annan advised UN “peacekeepers” to stand down, flee before the oncoming killing machine, or contribute to the catastrophe via UN “safe” havens.
The Obama administration agreed to more outsourcing of nuclear non-proliferation efforts at the May 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The president agreed to hold and facilitate a 2012 international conference pushed by Islamic states as a means to shift the focus away from NPT law breakers and onto Israel. Steps are being taken now to push off the travesty until after the November elections.
Outsourcing anti-terrorism endeavors is the central feature of the President’s “Global Counterterrorism Forum,” which Team Obama launched in September 2011. Secretary Clinton has called the Forum “an international counterterrorism network that is as nimble and adaptive as our adversaries…” Daniel Benjamin, head of the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, describes it as “a place where the world’s best experts, the most experienced countries could come together and share insights on these issues.”
Actually, with Team Obama’s approval, Israel has been excluded from the Forum because of objections from Turkey; eleven “key Muslim majority countries” are members because they “are on the front lines in the struggle against terrorism;” the co-chair of the “rule of law working group” is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Egypt; and the Forum has created a “global center of excellence for combating violent extremism” in the United Arab Emirates.
Defining and protecting American values has been outsourced to the UN Human Rights Council, the UN’s top human rights body. President Obama decided to jump on board the Council soon after taking office and has committed to running for a second term in fall elections. Joining the Obama crew in identifying and applying human rights standards are fellow Council members and human rights experts Saudi Arabia, China, Cuba and Russia.
Since the United States joined the Human Rights Council, the number of the Council’s “free” countries, on Freedom House’s calculus, has gone down. The State Department’s make-believe “reform” campaign of 2011 failed to change the Council’s permanent agenda of ten items, including one for Israel and one for the other 192 countries. Forty percent of all Council condemnations of specific states are about Israel alone.
Israel was sufficiently disgusted by this sham of a human rights body that it left its observer seat empty at the past session, which ended on July 6. On the final day one more malicious Council fact-finding mission on Israel was appointed, while Obama’s Ambassador to the Council Eileen Donahoe happily tweeted: “Celebrating with my terrific team at the end of an extraordinary session. Just singing: Today was a good day.” Standards outsourced and principles abandoned.
Outsourcing conventional arms control to a new international “implementation support unit” is on the table at current arms trade treaty talks taking place this month in New York with the support of the President. Administration officials claim that the would-be treaty relates only to international trade and would never affect gun ownership or use in this country. Except that the preparatory draft going into the negotiations says: “Each State Party shall take the necessary legislative and administrative measures, to adapt, as necessary, national laws and regulations to implement the obligations of this Treaty.”
So the next time the president shouts “outsourcer” in a crowded theater, show him the door.
Anne Bayefsky is director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust. Follow her on Twitter @AnneBayefsky.